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Understanding Burn Injuries and Sources Makes For Safer Holidays

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Holiday decorations, a busy kitchen, fireplaces and space heaters — these are just some of the common sources of burn injuries that often turn a festive time of year into a time of excruciating pain and sometimes even a fight for life. Hospitals across the U.S. typically report a significant spike in the number of patients seeking emergency treatment for burn injuries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cooking injuries are the most common holiday-related injuries hospitals see each year, with scalding being the most frequent type of burn ... Read More

UAB case study links brain bleed to popular energy drink

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Energy drinks like Monster, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy continue to show up on the radar of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the agency receives more evidence of illnesses and deaths in people who consumed the products. Now, a team of researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) provides more alarming evidence about the drinks. The researchers have presented the first case study of a patient experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke – or brain bleed – following the consumption of an energy drink. The study, published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, details the case of a 57-year-old ... Read More

Outbreak of Salmonella poisoning linked to Alabama caterer sickens 99

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Health officials have suspended the operating permit of a north Alabama catering company by emergency order after at least 99 people became sickened from eating Salmonella-contaminated food the company provided at a wedding. The Alabama Department of Public Health tested samples of the food served at a Nov. 12 wedding in Sheffield, Ala., and found Salmonella enteritidis bacteria in specimens of cooked chicken and green beans. Indelible Catering of Moulton prepared the food for the wedding. The catering company was also identified as the source of a 2014 outbreak of Salmonella poisoning and E. coli infection at a luncheon. That ... Read More

Early SCOTUS Statements Indicate Whistleblower Win In State Farm Fraud Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court justices made statements Nov. 1 indicating the high court is unlikely to toss a jury verdict against State Farm in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a pair of whistleblowers who accused the insurer of defrauding the federal government by misclassifying wind damage caused by Hurricane Katrina as flood damage. Sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby filed the whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government in 2006. The Rigsbys formerly worked for an Alabama contractor hired to assess property damage after the disastrous 2005 hurricane. Their complaint alleges the Bloomington, Ill.-based insurance company attempted to stick the ... Read More

Alabama Declares State of Emergency In Wake of Colonial Pipeline Blast

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to a deadly Colonial Pipeline blast that occurred in Shelby County Monday, crippling the East Coast’s major fuel artery. The state of emergency is primarily intended to offset fuel shortages posed by the shuttered pipeline by relaxing federal hours-of-service safety rules that restrict commercial truck drivers’ operating hours. Easing the regulations will expedite surface transportation fuel shipments, allowing commercial truckers to drive longer hours without violating the anti-fatigue rules. In addition to Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have also declared a state of emergency. Other southern states are ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Explosion Kills One, Severely Burns Several Others In Alabama

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One worker is dead and at least five others were severely burned when Colonial Pipeline’s major gasoline conduit exploded Monday afternoon in Shelby County, Ala., about five miles from where a break in the same pipeline triggered a short-lived fuel crisis in the South. Colonial Pipeline said that a crew working for contractor L.E. Bell Construction company were to drain a stretch of the 36-inch pipeline of gasoline. Around 2 p.m., a trackhoe used for digging earth hit the pipeline and triggered the explosion, creating a giant plume of fire and black smoke visible for miles. Shelby County Sheriff John ... Read More

Hyundai Supplier To Reinstate, Compensate Whistleblower Who Raised Safety Concerns

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A Selma, Ala., plant that manufactures seats for Hyundai vehicles has agreed to drop its lawsuit against a former employee, reinstate her, and compensate other workers suspended during a dispute over health and safety conditions in the plant. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that it reached a deal with the Renosol Seating, a unit of Lear Corp., and filed a joint motion asking the court to drop the Labor Department’s federal lawsuit against the manufacturer and three of its managers. Federal authorities alleged that the company retaliated against plant employees who complained that chemicals used in the production process ... Read More

Beasley Allen is one of a dozen firms leading Xarelto side effects litigation

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Twelve plaintiff law firms from various parts of the country are involved in Xarelto side effects litigation, including Alabama law firm Beasley Allen. More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed across the country against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, and their related companies over claims that the top-selling blood thinner Xarelto, known chemically as rivaroxaban, caused bleeding injuries including gastrointestinal bleeds, brain hemorrhages and bleeding deaths. More than 7,000 of the lawsuits are in Louisiana, approximately 1,000 are on file in state court in Philadelphia, and an additional 1,000 are in Delaware. U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, who ... Read More

Publix Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

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The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream. The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a ... Read More

Former Crimson Tide football player sues NCAA, SEC over head injuries

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Cole Harvey, former offensive lineman/tight end for the Alabama Crimson Tide, has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and SEC, alleging the organizations “failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines,” his lawsuit alleges. The University of Alabama has governmental immunity and cannot be named in such lawsuits. Harvey signed with the team in 2005, but delayed enrollment until spring 2006. He participated in his first spring practice as a tight end but never played during a game. He was not on the roster for spring practice in 2007, the first year Nick ... Read More